About this rental
Swim, boat, fish, scallop, kayak — here at 'Boathouse Retreat,' your options for water-based adventure are endless. Aside from the tranquil setting with direct river access, the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath vacation rental also boasts a swimming dock, a boat slip, a fish cleaning station, outdoor Kitchen/bar, and even 4 kayaks available and two bicycles, making everything on your itinerary easily accessible. After long days of fun in the sun, choose to grill out on the deck, sip cocktails on the dock, or curl up inside amongst crisp A/C.
World-Class Fishing Destination | Family Friendly | 4 Kayaks w/ Life Vests Provided
Bedroom 1: Queen Bed | Bedroom 2: Queen Bed | Bedroom 3: Queen Bed | Living Room: Queen Sleeper Sofa | Additional Sleeping: Pack ‘n Play
HOME DETAILS: 4 Smart TVs, dining table, ceiling fans, nautical beach house decor
WATERFRONT PERKS: Covered wraparound deck, Adirondack chairs, gas grill, swimming dock (boats up to 25 ft, water up to 15 ft deep), boat house w/ fish cleaning station and outdoor bar/kitchen.
KITCHEN: Cooking basics, 4-burner stove, dishwasher, microwave, spices, dishware & flatware, Keurig coffee maker
GENERAL: Free WiFi, washer/dryer, towels/linens, hair dryer, iron/board, high chair, central heating & air conditioning
FAQ: Access only by stairs, exterior security cameras (4, facing out)
PARKING: Driveway (4 vehicles), boat trailer parking, EV charger
-- THE LOCATION --
STEINHATCHEE RIVER (on-site): Boating, swimming, fishing, scalloping, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, birdwatching
AREA ATTRACTIONS: Fort Steinhatchee Pier (2.7 miles), Downtown Steinhatchee (3.1 miles), Big Bend Wildlife Management Area (9.3 miles), Steinhatchee Falls (10.9 miles), Steinhatchee Conservation Area (18.8 miles), Fanning Springs State Park (30.8 miles), Forest Capital Museum State Park (37.8 miles)
FISHING CHARTERS: Marker One Flats Charters (2.6 miles), Capt Mike Biker Charters (3.1 miles), Crystal Sea Charters (4.0 miles), Hatch Snatch Charters (4.6 miles)
GULF COAST BEACHES: Hagens Cove Park (18.3 miles), Keaton Beach (22.5 miles), Adams Beach (27.9 miles), Horseshoe Beach Park (36.6 miles)
AIRPORT: Gainesville Regional Airport (75.1 miles)
Why Kids Love It
There is so much for the kids to do from walking the wilderness trail through the woods 1.1 miles long (also known as the driveway), exploring the area in the kayaks (4 provided), riding bike to town (2 provided), to fishing from the dock catching fish on every catch.
Steinhatchee Florida is the perfect combination of old Florida mixed with new amenities for you to enjoy. The boathouse retreat offers you the opportunity to stay put and enjoy all there is on the property, or venture out to the amazing town of Steinhatchee. There you find old Florida small mom-and-pop restaurants and beautiful new marinas and amenities depending on what your preferences are. Just South in Cross City there is a small airport for private planes to fly into and the Suwanee River is also just south in the same area, and don’t forget to explore the Big Bend area of Florida.
Approximately an hour and a half north you also find the capital of Florida, Tallahassee. There you can explore the State Capital as well as Florida State University and Florida A&M University.
You will never be bored at the boathouse retreat, unless of course you want to be.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
Walking distance is a relative term at the Boathouse retreat. Our driveway is 1.1 miles through Florida wetlands, teeming with wildlife. But there are bicycles, and the town is only a couple miles away. The solitude of the boathouse retreat is complemented by the quick access to the old Florida town of Steinhatchee, where you go back in time to the way Florida used to be.
Favorite Places To Eat
There are so many amazing places to eat and visit in the area that we keep on ongoing list in our guestbook and online with specials and hours depending on the season. Scalloping season over the summer and the fiddler crab Festival in February are the two major draws to Steinhatchee Florida. The area offers everything from high-end restaurants, to mom-and-pop restaurants, to gas stations with the most amazing diners, to stationary food trucks that offer gourmet selections, and even an old-school smoky bar.
The town of Steinhatchee Florida is a local’s town, that offers the most welcoming spirit you will ever feel. Whether they know you are not, you are greeted with open arms and you feel a true sense of being welcomed into the town. You truly feel this at one restaurant called Kathy’s crab shack, the owner and his best friend are there every evening and come by your table to sit down and just see how things are going. They also personally cook each steak outback on a big Green egg and invite you to help out and get your steak done exactly as you want it. A little-known fact of this restaurant also is that the owner owns a fleet of fishing and crabbing boats, so your seafood meal was probably swimming that morning.
In town, you also find a fish store that usually doesn’t open till the afternoon because their fish is so fresh it came in on the charter boats that morning. And you really don’t know what they’re going to have until you get in there because as I said it’s that fresh.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Jun 15 - Sep 04 2023
Sep 06 - Nov 17 2023
Nov 18 - Nov 26 2023
Nov 27 2023 - May 31 2024
Tax Rate: 10%
Last updated on April 19, 2023
Hosted by Ray Landes
Member since 2023
Year Purchased: 2022
About the owner: As very hands-on owners, Ray and Renée live in St. Petersburg Florida approximately three hours from the Boathouse retreat. I am a retired firefighter and Renée is a commercial realtor and we both are extremely hands-on with this property. As you will see this is a very, very special property and we truly wanted to be an amazing experience for you.
Why this property? We purchased this property as a legacy property from amazing owners that built it from scratch. When we first saw this property we knew we had to have it, it was perfect. Since then, we have made numerous upgrades to a perfect property.
You will understand this as you drive on the secluded road through the woods and come to the gates. You realize you’re in a very special place as we did when we first saw it and still do every time we come.
Across the river is a community called Steinhatchee landings, one of the original vacation spots for the area. Each home is individually built and has its own southern charm that can never be re-created in a cookie-cutter area.
The river itself offers an amazing abundance of sea life, from Manatee, to Tarpon, to trout, to redfish, to bass all swimming and rolling right in front of you.
Though the boathouse retreat is secluded with only one other house at the end of the road, you can sit and watch the action across the river or simply listen to nature as you are surrounded by such beauty that you won’t believe it.
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